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• The NHL has signed what it is calling a “ groundbreaking partnership” with the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, which will “support research, action, advocacy and collaboration with organizations that have a significant community impact.” Full story here.

• Dick Vitale, 80, has signed a contract extension with ESPN through the 2021-22 season, adding to a recent extension unveiled last May.

• Recently retired NBA star Tony Parker has been named president of NorthRock Sports, Artists and Entertainment, a division of Northrock Partners, a finance and lifestyle advisory firm that currently oversees $1.5 billion in assets, whose holdings include Golf Magazine, Golf.com and the Nicklaus Companies in partnership with golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

• The PGA Tour has signed a ten-year deal naming global consulting firm Korn Ferry title sponsor for the Korn Ferry Tour, replacing Web.com, which awards PGA Tour membership to the tour’s 50 leading players. The Los Angeles-based company also becomes the “official leadership development firm” for the PGA Tour.

• Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, Mike Trout and Javier Baez are the leading vote-getters in new All-Star Game ballot results released by MLB. Full story here.

• The WTA will premiere the NYJTL Bronx Open, Aug. 16-24, in the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in The Bronx, NY. The women’s tournament will take place the week before the U.S. Open in New York and offer $250,000 in prize money.

• SunTrust and BB&T financial firms said that Truist Financial would be the name of the company following their merger later this year. The name — “intended to give the bank a single, fresh identity” — could also become the new name for the home venue for the Atlanta Braves, now known as SunTrust Stadium.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

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The Top Ten World’s Highest Paid Athletes
1, Leo Messi soccer $127M
2. Cristiano Ronaldo soccer $109M
3. Neymar Jr. soccer $105M
4. Canelo Alvarez boxing $94M
5. Roger Federer tennis $93.4M
6. Russell Wilson NFL $89.5M
7. Aaron Rodgers NFL $89.3M
8. LeBron James NBA $89M
9. Stephen Curry NBA $79.8M
10. Kevin Durant NBA $65.4M

Full story here.
SOURCE: FORBES

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2019 Top Selling Summer Acts
Based on total sales on StubHub for U.S. tour dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2019
1. The Rolling Stones
2. Queen with Adam Lambert
3. Paul McCartney
4. Ariana Grande
5. Shawn Mendes
6. Billie Eilish
7. JoJo Siwa
8. Twenty One Pilots
9. Hootie and the Blowfish
10. Florida Georgia Line

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BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office June 14-16
1. Men In Black International $28.5M
2. Secret Life of Pets 2 $23.8M
3. Aladdin $16.7M
4. Dark Phoenix $9M
5. Rocketman $8.8M
6. Shaft $8.3M
7. Godzilla $8.1M
8. John Wick 3 $6.1M
9. Late Night $5.1M
10. Ma $3.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jun012016

State Farm, A-B, Gatorade Lead NBA Sponsorship Spend To Record $799M

By Barry Janoff

June 1, 2016: Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Kevin Durant may be on top of the pack when it comes to NBA players, but State Farm, Anheuser-Busch, adidas and Gatorade know something about being on top of the NBA sponsorship pack.

State Farm this past season moved past Anheuser-Busch as the most active sponsor of the NBA. Some 83% of NBA properties report a partnership with the insurance company, up from 74% the previous season, according to research and consulting firm IEG, Chicago.

Anheuser-Busch was active with 77% of NBA properties, followed by adidas and Gatorade at 70% each.

Among all brands, sponsorship spending on the NBA and its 30 teams reached a record $799 million in the 2015-2016 season, an 8.1% increase from $739 million the previous year, according to the NBA 2015-16 IEG Sponsorship Report.

The increase easily exceeds IEG’s projected 4.5% increase in overall 2016 North American sponsorship spending and 5% increase in sports spending.

The $799 million NBA sponsor spend was also up from $679 million in 2014, $642 million in 2013 and $610 million in 2012.

The NBA, however, is second among Big Four sports in U.S. in this area.

NFL sponsorship spend was $1.2 billion last season, MLB reached $778 million.

The NHL is projected to hit $477 million in sponsorship spending in 2015-16.

Worldwide sponsorship spend in motorsports topped $5.3 billion last year, golf was at $1.7 billion and tennis was at $739 million, per IEG.

According to research firm Statista, which provides information to companies and universities around the world, global sponsorship spend on soccer will hit a record $60.2 billion this year.

NBA plans to add a new revenue source in 2017-18 season with jersey-front sponsor patches. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the move would generate approximately $100 million in revenue for the league.

That season, Nike takes over from adidas as the league's official on-court apparel provider.

Ad spend to support NBA programming also increased this season, up 12% from $390.2 million to $436.7 million through the Conference Finals, according to iSpot.tv, Bellevue, Wash., which measures and tracks media buys and viewer response.

The Top Five national TV advertisers during NBA programming were Kia ($14.3 million), Samsung ($14 million), Taco Bell ($11.6 million), State Farm ($10.6 million) and American Express ($9.7 million), per iSpot.tv.

State Farm this season introduced its "Meet the Hoopers" multi-media campaign, which stars Chris Paul (Dad), his teammate on the Los Angeles Clippers DeAndre Jordan (Mom), Kevin Love (son) of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Garnett (Grampa) from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Damian Lillard (baby) of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Anheuser-Busch is also second among NFL and NHL's most active sponsors.

This past season, Anheuser-Busch signed a four-year extension marketing partnership with the NBA. Under terms of the deal, Anheuser-Busch remains the "official beer partner" for the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League.

As part of the new agreement, Anheuser-Busch expanded its marketing partnership to include USA Basketball and the league's Hispanic marketing initiative, Noches éne-bé-a.

Anheuser-Busch also has deals with 22 NBA teams.

The NBA's most active sponsors also include FanDuel (57%), MillerCoors (53%), Coca-Cola (53%), Pepsi (50%), Geico (50%) and Kia Motors (47%).

According to IEG, insurance is "by far the most active category" sponsoring the NBA.

Insurance companies are 3.2 times more likely to sponsor the NBA than the average of all sponsors, according to the NBA 2015-16 IEG Sponsorship Report.

Quick-service restaurants (2.7) is the second most active category, followed by travel (2.4), non-alcoholic beverages (2.3), medical (2.3), retail (2.2), sport apparel & equipment (2.0), lottery & gaming (2.0), beer (1.8) and banks/credit cards (1.7).

Eight NBA teams had sponsorship deals above the NBA average: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Orlando Magic.

Eight NBA teams had sponsorship deals below the NBA average: Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings.

According to IEG, the other 14 teams were at the average: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.

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